Word Up - ABC RN

Word Up - ABC RN

Australia

Word Up shares the diverse languages of black Australia from Anmatyerre to Arrernte, from Bidjara to Bundjalung, from Nyungar to Ngaanyatjarra, from Yankunytjatjara to Yorta Yorta—one word at a time.

Episodes

Word Up: Maggie Burns  

Warlpiri is one of the strongest Aboriginal languages – so strong there are Strong and Light versions spoken in the Tanami Desert.

Word Up: Gawurra  

Gupapuyngu is one of eight languages that Yolngu songman Gawurra speaks.

Word Up: Uncle Vic Chapman  

For Uncle Vic Chapman Yuwaalaraay language is infused with memory. One word in particular takes him to the banks of a river on the border between Queensland and New South Wales.

Word Up: Aunty Beryl Carmichael  

Aunty Beryl Carmichael shares some Ngiyaampaa and explains why it's sometimes thought of as a "back-to-front" language.

Word Up: Luke Johnson  

For Luke Johnson using Gunai language helps him understand his culture and country.

Word Up: Zaachariaha Fielding  

Pitjantjatjara is a one of the few Aboriginal languages not to be considered endangered.

Word Up:Jill Nganjmirra  

The artist and storyteller Jill Nganjmirra shares some Kunwinjku.

Word Up: Stephen Goldsmith  

Kaurna is like poetry for the soul according to Stephen Goldsmith, a language worker from Adelaide.

Word Up: Deline Briscoe  

Deline Briscoe takes us to Yalanji country in Far North Queensland to share three Kuku Yalanji words.

Word Up: Lee Healy  

Taungurung linguist Lee Healy shares three words that encapsulate the Taungurung worldview.

Word Up: Warren H. Williams  

In Aboriginal communities in Central Australia, English could be the fourth or fifth language people learn. One of the first is Arrernte.

Word Up: Tracey Cameron  

Language teacher Tracey Cameron explains how stargazing - and a constellation in the night sky - helped the Gamilaraay people in the hunt for food.

Word Up: Richard Green  

The Dharug language covers much of greater and western Sydney and it gives us some distinctive place names that might be familiar: Parramatta, Yagoona and Wahroonga for example.

Word Up: Lillian Bowen  

We meet a teacher who shares some Guugu Yimithirr - the Aboriginal language that gives us the word kangaroo.

Word Up: John Graham  

Language is a time machine for Yugambeh speaker John Graham.

Word Up: Fay Stewart-Muir  

The Boonwurrung language was once spoken from what is now Melbourne south to Wilson's Promontory.

Word Up: Clayton Cruse  

We learn some Adnyamathanha with language worker Clayton Cruse.

Word Up: Karina Lester  

Karina Lester shares three words in Yankunytjatjara - one even describes a deferential way of speaking that's like a language within a language.

Word Up: Emily Wurramara  

We learn some Anindilyakwa - the language spoken on some of the islands in the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Word Up: Jason O'Neil  

Wiradjuri man Jason O'Neil shares three words that describe the break of day, a way of living that's like a moral code and a term of farewell.

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